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India, Samples, and Export Paperwork

Posted on July 11, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Most people in the export industry are aware of the complications regarding shipping goods to India.  While many businesses operate globally and have facilities in the United States and India, concerns still arise with customs, duties, and requirements for additional paperwork.  Indeed, shipping no-cost items to India has become more arduous within the last 30 days.There are rules regarding no-cost samples sent to India, and some of the rules are easily located on Customs India.  However, there are recent changes that can only be learned by experience, which we will impart to you in this article... Read More

ALA Touch Update: Premium Approval

Posted on July 05, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Ala touch approval screen The newest release of Allyn’s ALA Touch mobile application allows premium freight authorizations to be processed through the application. Once a premium freight request is submitted, the approver will get a notification indicating that they have a pending approval request. To complete the approval process, open the application and approve or reject the premium freight request. This new feature will streamline the premium freight approval process and limit the amount of time that requests are pending, as approvers can now approve premium shipments on the go.Approvers and approval levels can be customized based on the needs of... Read More

Maersk Still Dealing With Effects of Cyberattack

Posted on June 29, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Triple-e-intro Maersk Line, which was hit by the Petya Cyberattack on June 27th, is still working to get all operations back to normal.  The attack on the world’s biggest container line initially crippled the IT infrastructure of the company and forced them to shut down IT systems company-wide.  Most affected was the company’s ability to book, quote, E-mail or exchange data with customers.Most affected terminals are now up and running and the company is once again taking online bookings and handling cargo in transit.  There remain issues with communication and EDI but operations... Read More

The New Ocean Alliances

Posted on June 15, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

On April 1, 2017, the four ocean carrier alliances (2M/CKYHE/G6/O3) became three alliances (2M/Ocean Alliance/THE Alliance).Here is how each new alliance is comprised:1. 2M Alliance: Maersk Line and MSC along with a cooperation agreement with HMM and Hamburg SUD2. Ocean Alliance: CMA, COSCO, Evergreen, OOCL, APL3. THE Alliance: Hapag-Lloyd, Yangming, UASC, NYK, MOL, K-LINEThese changes will matter significantly to most shippers as these carriers will now represent close to 80% of the global container trade. The following could be impacted by these new alliances:1. Ocean Rates – Alliances offer more sailings with fewer vessels, and as... Read More

Logistical Challenges and One-Man Logistics Operations

Posted on June 14, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Logistics is known as “the detailed coordination of a complex operation involving many people, facilities, or supplies” (Waite, 2013), often related to business operations and the movement of items from one location to another.  When the logistics coordinator, specialist, or manager is considered, the question is raised as to what this professional does on a day-to-day basis. A logistics coordinator arranges shipments, processes international paperwork, maintains contact between different shipping and receiving parties, acts as a customer service agent, and (depending on the position responsibilities) has a strong working knowledge of hazardous materials transport.  Moving goods... Read More

Current Events – June 2017

Posted on June 09, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Venezuela, Sri Lanka, Great Britain.  These are three countries that you may or may not pay attention to their current events.  But did you know what’s happening in those countries and how it may affect your job?  Certainly, the recent terrorist attacks in Great Britain have been covered well in the media – but what of the current issues in Venezuela and Sri Lanka?   Probably not covered enough in the US.  Venezuela has been in the midst of massive protests, spurred by political issues, food shortages, and rising crime.   Sri... Read More

Strike to Ensue Next Week for Spanish Dockworkers

Posted on June 02, 2017. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

The dockworkers’ union announced they will officially go on strike for three days next week, starting June 5, 2017.  These strikes are set for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and could lead to future walkouts. The strike is in objection to the government’s strategy to loosen the limitations of hiring workers at ports.  Initially, the union’s plan was set for a total of eight days of strikes between May 24 and June 9, 2017 but they were able to arrive at an agreement with the port employer’s association, Anesco.  On Thursday, the leaders of the union... Read More

It’s Buggy Out There

Posted on May 31, 2017. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

Typically, when one thinks about the responsibilities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), eliminating insects doesn’t readily come to mind as one of their duties. However, the agency recently intercepted a shipment containing a species of long-horned beetles and globular springtail insects at the Charleston Seaport. The shipment, which originated in Italy, contained insects in differing stages of development and were found inside the wood and plastic wrap.The reason CBP provides this support is because non-indigenous insects can potentially do massive damage to the environment, agricultural sector, and the overall economy.  According to a... Read More

Autonomous Ships

Posted on May 24, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

For hundreds of years there have been stories of unmanned ships or “ghosts ships” as they are frequently referred to, and now, due to technology, they are they are going to be a reality in the near future. Companies like Yara & Kongsberg and Rolls Royce are working to make autonomous shipping happen. Yara & Kongsberg’s Yara Birkeland will be ready by 2018 to take voyages with a crew aboard and by 2020 it will be ready to sail on its own, without a crew.One might wonder why there is a motivation to eliminate the crew. ... Read More

Brazil Port Strike

Posted on May 23, 2017. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

A Customs strike at all major Brazilian ports began on Monday May, 22 2017.  Brazilian customs audit inspectors have decided to strike as a result of a delay in the approval of the Provisional Measure n.765/2016.The greatest impact will be to those shipments that face inspection by moving through the yellow or red clearance channels.  The best way to avoid these channels is to make sure that commercial documents are correct, and match the freight when it comes to weight, dimensions and quantity.Marine terminals are already seeing delays, and towards the end of the week a substantial backlog... Read More

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